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A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms Paperback – August 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0816043941 ISBN-10: 0816043949 Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed

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Product Details

  • Series: Facts on File Writer's Library
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816043949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816043941
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-Employing an expanded use of the word "literary," this volume includes social, theoretical, and historical terms as they relate to literature, film, television, and others forms of popular culture. In addition to the many expected terms (iamb, onomatopoeia), entries on places (Abbey Theatre), philosophical principles (the Absolute), movements (futurism), and discussions on major themes such as love and jealousy are also covered. Most of the clear, concise entries offer excellent examples of written and cinematic works that further clarify the definitions and/or titles of resources that provide additional commentary on the topics. While there is no pronunciation key for the foreign words and expressions, this valuable resource is more accessible and broader in approach than other literary dictionaries.
J. B. MacDonald, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Chicago renaissance, Chinese-American literature, Ecocriticism, Graphic novel, and Interdisciplinary are among the 200 terms added to this edition of a useful guide first published in 1999. We said in our review of the first edition that the entries on thematic concepts are what set this book apart from other dictionaries of literary terms, and now new entries address themes such as Alcoholism, Baseball, Madness, Odysseus/Ulysses theme, and Vampirism, to name a few. Mary Ellen Quinn
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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If you write, want to write, or teach creative writing, and really want to know more about the terminology related to writing, this book is for you. Most people will never need the volume of information this book contains, but many of those who write professionally will find it a ready reference, most especially if you also teach.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Wersen on February 28, 2008
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Found this book to be invaluable for my college literary needs. Precise information - easy to find and understand. Excellent reference source!
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By Kindle Customer on April 12, 2013
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Teaching lit to youngsters and needed a quick review. Very concise and a great review for my high schoolers. I would recommend to any English teacher.
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